I love an excuse to make a fun cupcake display! They look so fancy but they're really not as complicated as they look. As long as you have a little patience and a simple picture to copy, I think anyone can do it! Or at least anyone who loves to bake!
My first foray into cupcake displays was for my sister's wedding shower a couple of years ago. I had seen a wedding dress arrangement on Pinterest and decided I wanted to make it for her shower. Despite my novice skills for such an undertaking, it turned out just the way I had hoped!
Funny note, when I opened the cheap string of craft pearls, they promptly broke and spilled all over the kitchen. My dad and sister (not the bride to be) generously re-strung a bunch of the pearls while I frantically frosted the cupcakes. Thank goodness my family humors me with my sometimes impractical baking visions!
While we're on the topic of thankfulness, I'm also grateful that the display made it to the event in one piece as I decided to hold the open cupcake board on my lap as my sister drove carefully through town...
Since then I've discovered the wonderfulness that is the baking aisle of the craft shop (which stocks cake boxes - who knew??) and some other tips that I share below.
More recently, I got the opportunity to create some new cupcakes arrangements for a party for some very special little boys - the sons of one of my best friends, one of whom is my new godson! The party was multi-purpose for the older boy's 2nd birthday and for my godson's (so excited about that phrase!) baptism. So, I got the chance to make two fun arrangements for one party!
The birthday was themed around the "Little Blue Truck," a fun children's book character. So I made a Little Blue Truck arrangement for the birthday boy...
and a white cross for the Baptism honoree....
For these displays, I made one big batch of chocolate cupcakes and vanilla frosting. Then I separated the frosting into 3 different bowls and created 3 different colors of frosting. One was white so it was already ready...
Then I made the blue batch, which was a little trickier. I added "neon blue' gel food coloring and a little bit of black food coloring to create the right shade of blue. And then I made a small batch of black frosting for the wheels.
For the truck, I started piping with the blue frosting and then made the wheels. Then filled in the windows and middle of the wheels with white. And then I added an eye to the front to match the book character!
Tips for Creating Cupcake Displays
In the years between these two events, I have learned some strategies that help to make the creation of cupcake arrangements slightly more practical. Here are some tips that I've learned for creating cupcake arrangements:
And for more stories about how books have inspired others, like "The Little Blue Truck" inspired Heather and me, check out the Bookspired blog by my good friend Ellen!